Moffat County swim relay teams, diver get ready for state

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The Moffat County High School swim team will send two relay teams and a diver to state this weekend, having just missed several more qualifications last weekend at regionals in Durango.

Coach Ed Stehlin, who was named Coach of the Year for the Western Slope, said from the progress his swimmers have made throughout the year, the qualification of the 200-medley relay team and the 200 free relay team were

expected.

"We just missed a lot of cuts by a second or less," Stehlin said regarding swimmers who had near state-qualifying performances. "We had quite a few swimmers who came close."

The qualifying 200-medley relay team is made up of Nicole Vorhies, Kallie Murphy, Chloe Gilchrist, and Miranda Hillawaert.

The qualifying 200 free relay team is made up of Jenna Waite, Danyel Harmon, Cara Conci, and Hillawaert.

Amanda Vaughn qualified in diving.

The team will leave for Loveland, which opened a new swimming facility this year, Thursday afternoon.

"We've never swam at that facility so we're kind of excited about that," Stehlin said.

Stehlin said his team is focused on this weekend's competition, which will include 50 to 60 teams from class 4A and down.

"I think we're feeling pretty good," Stehlin said. "I thought we'd be tired and lethargic after Durango and some of the kids have been fighting the crud this week. But I think we're feeling pretty good."

Stehlin was modest about being named Coach of the Year for the region.

"As a coach, you don't accomplish something like that unless you have a bunch of great kids."

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